Heartworm & Lyme disease season is upon us. Based on analysis of multiple environmental drivers of disease, the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) is predicting Heartworm disease and Lyme disease will increase well beyond their established endemic boundaries, leading to higher than average caseloads. Many of you will be taking your pets out to enjoy nature over the coming months and we want to be sure your pet is protected from ticks and mosquitoes that carry these viruses.
Mosquitoes transfer Heartworms by ingesting baby Heartworms and then biting your pet and leaving behind the worms to mature and become adult Heartworms. The United States as a whole experienced above average precipitation and seasonal temperatures in 2016, leading to perfect conditions for breeding the mosquitoes that transmit heartworm disease.
A variety of Heartworm preventatives are available through J.M. Pet Vet and J.M. Pet Resort. These preventatives do not keep your pet from getting Heartworms from mosquitoes. Instead, they work by killing the baby Heartworms that mosquitoes leave behind before the worms can mature and infest your pet.
Nationwide, Lyme disease continues to emerge beyond accepted endemic boundaries. New England states have been in the highest percentile of Lyme-positive pets and that trend is expected to continue in 2017.When infection leads to disease in dogs, they begin to show symptoms like recurrent lameness due to inflammation of the joints. There may also be a lack of appetite and depression. More serious complications include damage to the kidneys, and heart or nervous system disease.
At J.M. Pet Vet and J.M. Pet Resort, we offer a number of flea & tick preventatives. These preventatives are available as collars or topical treatments. Take a look at our flea & tick preventative pricing: